New Hampshire Fire Towers
Crotched Mountain Tower

Crotched Mountain
(Photo courtesy Iris Baird)


Town: Francestown
County: Hillsborough
Mountain or Hill:
Crotched Mountain
Height above sea level: 2055 FT
Tower Structure Height: 45 FT
Latitude: 42-59-53
Longitude: 71-52-11
First date of operation: 1915
Operating Agency: NH Forestry Service
Type: Steel Tower

Other Photos

Fire spotted from Crotched Mountain in 1929
(Photo courtesy Jack Kelley)


  • 1915-1973, rem. c. 1983.
  • Established in 1915, discontinued in 1921, reestablished in 1927. A 45' steel tower. The earlier tower was 20' high, with an open top. It operated intermittently, with support from local residents, until the 1973-1974 biennium when it was closed as part of a trial of aerial detection. It was torn down between 1982 and 1984.


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